My family can’t get enough of fresh figs during this time of year. Their soft, sweet-and-sticky goodness make them a worthy after-dinner treat on their own; but to give your figs (or your dinner guests) the royal treatment, try combining them with amaretti cookies. Amaretti are Italian cookies made with crushed almonds and have a pronounced sweet/almond taste. These two Italian staples – figs and amaretti – make for a perfect union and a memorable dessert. With just four ingredients in total, these little treasures take less than 10 minutes to assemble and they taste just as special as they sound. Enjoy!
PS – There’s no need to make your own amaretti for this recipe – fine imported varieties, like the brand shown in this post, can be found in Italian delis and grocery stores.
- 12 fresh figs
- 5 amaretti cookies
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Preheat oven to 425 F.
- Place cookies in a ziplock bag and pound until the cookies are crushed.
- Rinse figs and pat dry. Cut off the stems, and then cut each fig in a cross pattern from the top, taking care not to cut all the way through to the bottom.
- Set figs upright in a small baking dish which fits them snugly.
- Sprinkle crushed cookies into the open figs (an espresso spoon makes handy work of this.)
- Melt butter and honey in a small saucepan and drizzle over the figs.
- Bake figs for 15 minutes. Serve warm.